Urban park, flexible course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Based on reviews here and my limited experience here, there's a strong DG community here - probably the busiest course I've ever played and that was during a drizzly weekday midafternoon with storms looming. When we arrived to course, we were welcomed by an older gentleman who proceeded to "indoctrinate" us to the course and gave us a hand drawn map. He also gave us some throwing tips after seeing my less-than-stellar drive on the first hole (in my defense, it was my first time throwing in 2 years).
The course flows through grassy park with interspersed trees. Several holes are blind. I imagine that I could play a slightly different course each time with two concrete tee boxes ("metal" & "wood") and two targets at each hole (I think each hole had two targets, may be mistaken) and multiple hole locations.
We did not have time to play the 9 X holes in the woods.
Cons: Sometimes not clear where target is, though there is a map at the "metal" tee and a system identifying which hole placement the basket is in using a pipe clamp on the sign post. And finding next tee not always clear. See Links/Files tab here for course maps. Road (OB) potentially in play on a few holes for errant tossers.
Can be crowded with DGers and others walking through. Given location and activity in/around park, I'll be mindful when I play.
Other Thoughts: Update - this has become one of our go to courses this season. We generally play the "metal" (short) tees to the yellow baskets which are in the longest position but easiest to see because the old Mach5 baskets blend in. I haven't found distance and par info for several of these holes. I've come to really like this course. Given it's park setting, it offers as much variety as is possible, takes advantage of elevation and obstacles. There are good challenges but also several birdie opportunities.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: New X-holes add variety ("X" holes are marked as X (9 total), OH (3 total), and NX (6 total)). Crude but effective hand painted maps at the X tees help you locate the many blind baskets. Nice folf tips on the main course tee signs. Lots of irregulars hang out at the start and can provide advice.
Cons: There is no obvious flow to the course, particularly with the addition of the many new X holes. The main course is sorely lacking in Next Tee signs at the baskets and hole numbering on the baskets, though these have been placed on the 18 new X holes.
The main course has two tee pads and two baskets per hole, confusingly called Wood and Metal. There are up to 5 pin positions per hole and the view from a tee pad typically takes in 4 or more baskets, unnumbered and possibly not for that tee. The intended baskets are often a blind shot. A vague system of hose clamps on a pole is intended to provide guidance.
Other Thoughts: If you backtrack from the #2 X hole basket to the "More Holes" sign you can follow well marked trails to OH holes #1 - 3 and you will emerge near the tee for X hole #3. Walk up the paved road to reach the alternate X hole #3 tee and further up to the primary X #3 tee.
The Sword of Damocles tree branch overhanging tee #15 creates a most unusual tee shot as conventional use of the pad is denied.
There are beaucoup opportunities for Black Aces here, if you're into that sort of thing. (each black ace is 2 off your lifetime total of aces LOL)
With the creation of excellent new courses like Turkey Hill the bar gets raised and old standard courses like this one get downrated if they don't get improved. There is a very active local club here and the course has many old quirks but also new perks. It's best to play your first couple rounds here with a local to learn the layout.
Perhaps this course should be split into two separate 18 hole courses. Either way a big improvement to the on-course navigation aids is needed to balance all the fine work put into the new X holes.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Multiple baskets, placements, and tees for each hole. Well maintained and clean course. Pretty easy to navigate, especially if you grab a map from one of the "regulars" who sit by the first tee and offer tips and advice.
Cons: A couple of the holes are near a fairly busy road. Some of the tee pads could use some work.
Other Thoughts: Visiting from CA, I played this course with my brother. Really enjoyed the course and the round we threw. Hope to come back and throw this course a few more times.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Decent Course in sketchy area
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This has been one of my favorite courses since playing in 2010, It is always well kept, baskets move around every few weeks, good replay value and a feel good course after a bad round elsewhere, I normally would schedule a round at Druid .IMO this place has the best disc golf vibe in MD. played here many times and often hang out after rounds to putt and socialize with other players.
Cons: I haven't been back since 5/2014 when a van with 4 black males drove into the parking lot and ran up on me and another player at the putting basket with guns. We both outran the attackers but had our disc golf bags taken, we both had our keys in our gear and the other player also had his wallet in his bag and just cashed his paycheck. The group was caught about 2 weeks later and prosecuted. This is a rougher part of the city and I have always been on edge around this area.Our incident happen so fast its hard to hold that against the course.
Other Thoughts: be on lookout for non disc golf players on the fields, be smart and safe! I would consider playing this course with a small group of people, or going on the random doubles events.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Even though I'm in the county, Druid is the place I drive to and play at least twice a week. It's the best course in the Baltimore area, IMO.
- Multiple tee pads and baskets. The baskets get changed pretty regularly, so there's always a new challenge out there. Concrete tee pads are in great shape.
- Great place to introduce new players to the game. It has plenty of opportunities to score for better players, but is manageable enough for beginners to not get them discouraged.
- Few holes where you can get out and bomb it.
- Island green on the 18th is an option, but fun to play and has the potential to be the difference maker in a close competitive round.
- For the most part the people you come across are some of the nicest you can meet in Baltimore. Lots of older guys that have been playing the course for years that make the course great.
- Lots of practice baskets and practice space.
- Utilizes the elevation well for some uphill/downhill shots.
- 9 "X-holes" in the woods for added challenge.
- Signage on most holes and indicator for which position the basket is in.
-Parking is in between the first and last holes of each 9.
Cons: - Quite often very large groups (5+) play and can slow the course down, but generally not too bad.
- I've never had any problems in the park, but people come and chill in the back part, just can seem a little shady at times.
- X-holes are a little overgrown.
Other Thoughts: Druid is the best course in the area to hang out and meet lots of DGers of all skill levels in the area. Lot of guys that are willing to share knowlege and help out newer players. Lots of variety with the different tees and pin positions.
A couple of the holes when in the longest pin positions could probably be par 4s.
Play a round here if you're in the area!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Favorite Course to Play
Pros: Excellently maintained
Awesome community of players
Cons: Lots of opportunities to lose discs.
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I played and being less than 5 mins from my home is where I play mostly. The people there are very nice and as a beginner, I've had lots of people offer tips and advice on how to improve.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: This is a great well maintained course. Most holes are short.
Cons: Lots of opportunities to lose discs
Other Thoughts: When I tell non-dic golfing friends I am playing aat "druid hill" they always ask "is it safe?" I have never had a problem except for one homeless man who was sleeping on the course.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Diamond in the Rough
Pros: This course is simply amazing! Start off with the community, great DGers! They hold a "Triples" match play every thursday. Great fun, great throwers.
There are three practice baskets located at the beginning/end of the front 9. Great for when the course gets crowded.
The course is a great mix of touch shots, spike hyzers/anhyzers, bomb drives, technical tunnel shots, and all in between. The course does favor LHBH throwers or RHFH. But I like that. I don't want every basket to be in the natural hyzer path of my disc, no fun in that.
The course also incorporates 9 "X-holes" which are deep in "ungroomed" wooded areas. I do reccommend doing the X-holes but bring a course guide, because it will be next to impossible to navigate, but once you learn, they are great for advanced throwers.
The tee boxes are all concrete or asphalt which make for great accurate run ups, with no busted ankles. There are two fixed positions, the "metals" and the "woods." Woods I find to be the longer, more challenging of the two.
Every basket has multiple pin positions which are changed very often to keep the course ever changing.
A great course.
Cons: Parking. The parking is an issue, especially during competitions. Car congestion can add insult to injury on a shanked throw on basket #9.
It is in a rough part of town. They talked about "dumpin bodies in Druid" on The Wire. Just don't plan on any night time Glow Disc adventures.
There is an Animal Hospital on the right side of fairway #3. If you bomb a drive and shank right or the wind grabs your disc and it doesn't flip back, you need to call them and set up a time when you can retrieve your disc. Remember to mark all of your discs with a contact of some sorts.
Other Thoughts: There is talk of clearing out the X holes to make them a groomed, technical addition to the regular 18! I do hope this happens. Also in the works are 18 additional holes on the other side of the road from the entrance. If this happens Druid Hill will be one of the best courses on the East Coast.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: First and for most, its a great discing community! Every time i've been there people and talk to you. For beginners, there are plenty of experienced players willing to give you tips to improve your game. Great glow disc fun as well if you stick around at night. The course is not spectacular but it has open, and wooded holes; left and right shots; incline and descending shots. In the wooded holes, you rarely lose your discs, unlike courses like Rockburn or Patapsco.
Cons: Not a great neighborhood is an understatement. There are no parking areas.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Druid Hill Park
Pros: Course has a good variety of holes. Some open fairways, but most have some type of tree obsticle. Couple of holes have elevation gain/losses.
Holes are tightly packed, but not too close.
Baskets seem to rotate from A-B-C locations fairly regularly.
Holes are easy to find and follow.
There are an extra 9 holes (X-Holes) that go through a heavily wooded area. These holes are a nice "change of pace", but can be a little hard to follow.
Front 9 and back 9 start from same location. If one is too crowded, you have the choice to start on the other.
Course usually has players on it. Easy to join with a group if playing alone.
Cons: No real negatives about the course except that the "A" basket positions tend to be very short. Upside is that the "A" basket positions allow for the possibilities of hole in ones
Most negatives are with the upkeep and non golfers near the course
Have been times where the course can get littered with nasty types of urban trash. Things you don't want to touch or have your disc touch.
Quite often, people (non golfers) will sit in their cars for long periods of time on roads near holes. Can be a little spooky.
Other Thoughts: Druid Hill Park is a huge urban park that, for the most part, is nicely maintained. There are other activities, like hiking and biking, that can be tied with golf to make it a full day of outdoor activity
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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